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Over There - Billy Murray & The American Quartet

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Uploaded on Jul 4, 2009

Recorded on June 28, 1917.Written by George M. Cohan.
Cohan's biggest hit recording was performed by the American Quartet, and there were also hit versions by Murray, who was the quartets leader, and by the Peerless Quartet in the fall of 1917. Princes Orchestra released successful records of both You're a Grand Old Flag and Over There. Enrico Caruso's version of Over There, sung partly in French, was a major hit just before the end of the war in November 1918. By then the song had sold over a million records and two million copies of sheet music. Cohan was awarded a medal of honor by Congress in 1936 for writing You're a Grand Old Flag and Over There. His sequel to Over There, When You Come Back (and You Will Come Back), was a hit for John McCormack and for the Orpheus Quartet in early 1919.

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